Call for Proposals – Effects of Laws and Policies on Public Health

Public Health Law Research

Public Health Law Research, a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, recently released its sixth call for proposals on studies that focus on the effects of laws and policies son public health. Up to $150,000 is available for studies up to 18 months long and a total of $1.25 million is available to fund short-term studies. The deadline for applications is April 15, 2014 at 3 p.m. ET.

Learn more about PHLR call for proposals.

Promoting Healthy Weight Colloquim from UT Knoxville, Online March 15th 2013

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2011 County Health Rankings Released

A new set of reports rank the health of nearly every county in the nation and show that much of what affects health occurs outside of the doctor’s office. For the second year, the County Health Rankings confirm the critical role that factors such as education, jobs, income, and environment play in how healthy people are and how long they live. This year, the Rankings allow people in more than 3,000 counties and the District of Columbia to compare the overall health of their counties against other counties in their state, and also compare their performance on specific health factors against national benchmarks of top-performing counties.

Published on-line at by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Rankings help counties understand what influences how healthy residents are and how long they will live. The Rankings look at a variety of measures that affect health such as the rate of people dying before age 75, high school graduation rates, access to healthier foods, air pollution levels, income, and rates of smoking, obesity and teen births.

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Healthy People 2020 Objective

In December 2010, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) unveiled the Nation’s new 10-year goals and objectives for health promotion and disease prevention.

For more details about the initiative and how you can get involved, visit the newly redesigned Healthy People Web site at The Web site allows users to view the new Healthy People 2020 topic areas and objectives, tailor information to their needs, and explore evidence-based resources for implementation.

National Campaign – “What is Public Health?” booklet download

This Is Public Helath Booklet CoverThis year SDPHA is promoting the national campaign,What is Public Health” through a booklet showcasing the foundation, people and the future of public health in South Dakota.

This booklet along with other information about SDPHA is given to legislators  so they may have a better understanding of what public health is, especially with so much being talked about with health reform, preventive services and access to care.

Download the Booklet (PDF)